My C1 Outfitting
The basic boat is my own design (called a Cobra), loosely based on a
vintage Estanguet circa 1994. It might have been the last
Estanguet with rails. Very fast in a straight line, but doesn't
turn well. When International races got tighter, most boat
designs emphasized turning rather than speed.
using bucket-style seats
since the early '90s. Comfy and no hip blocks are
necessary. For ease of getting my feet out, the seat pivots at
The Strap System
The main straps are as far back as possible into the crotch area. It's possible to exit with releasing the straps, but very difficult.
Small front straps, anchored further forward, keep my knees down and splayed out. I'm tight.
Main Strap Attachment
The main thigh-strap brackets are made
from aluminum tubing with threaded plates at each end.
Countersunk machine screws go through the hull and engage the threads
in the brackets. The hull is quite thick in this location: It's
The center attachments (see above) are aluminum tubing welded onto a 6"
x 8" aluminum plate that's been "swiss-cheesed" with lots of 1/2"
holes, then covered with several layers of Kevlar.
extra 3 layers of seam tape holding the hull to the deck.